Thursday, September 23, 2010

Curry and Riddle pressing on with lawsuit

State Rep. Kathleen Curry and La Plata County Commissioner Joelle Riddle want a federal judge to block a law that allows Curry to collect only $200 in donations per person for her unaffiliated campaign, compared with $400 for her Democratic and Republican opponents.

Both Riddle and Curry left the Democratic Party last year and sought re-election as unaffiliated candidates. But they left the party after a deadline to register as unaffiliated candidates, and they lost a previous lawsuit to get the deadline overturned. Riddle dropped out of the race, but Curry is waging a write-in campaign for her Gunnison House seat.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Philip Brimmer denied their request to block the state's campaign-finance law in time for Curry's re-election campaign.

Riddle, Curry and their Durango lawyer, Bill Zimsky, decided this week to press on with the case even though it won't help Curry this year.

"We will just keep plodding along with the heart of the case, which is to change the rules for future people," Riddle said.     More -

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